Babbling Curse - Backfiring Jinx - Banishing Charm - Bat-Bogey Hex - Bedazzling Hex - binding/fastening magic - Blasting Curse - bluebell flames - Body-Bind Curse - Boggart banishing spell - Bogies, Curse of the - bond of blood - Braking Charm - broomstick magic - bubbles - Bubble-Head Charm
Exact effect not mentioned, but one can assume it causes the victim to babble.
Exact effect not mentioned, but can be nasty.
The Office for the Detection and Confiscation of Counterfeit Defensive Spells and Protective Objects got wind of one of these in Elephant and Castle in July 1996 [Y16], but it was sorted out by the Magical Law Enforcement Squad before they arrived on the scene (HBP5).
reverse of Summoning Charm
Sends an object away from the caster; the target object is said to have been Banished.
Presumably causes the target object to bedazzle any observer.
Engorges an opponent's 'bogies' to bat-size, gives them wings, and sets them to attacking his or her face.
- A speciality of Ginny Weasley's, which she used on Draco Malfoy to escape Umbridge's office. It impresses not only Ron (OP33), but Fred and George, who use Ginny as an example of the principle 'size is no guarantee of power' (OP6)
- Slughorn asked Ginny Weasley to join the Slug Club after seeing her cast a this spell on Zacharias Smith aboard the Hogwarts Express (HBP7).
incantations vary, including Incarcerous
Spells which fasten chains or ropes to restrain someone or something.
- Dragon keepers used this magic to drive stakes into the ground to fasten the dragons to (GF19).
- The chair in the Court of Magical Law magically restrained the accused using ropes (GF30, OP8).
- Snape fired "thin, snakelike cords" from his wand to bind Remus Lupin in the Shrieking Shack (PA19).
- Pettigrew bound Harry to the tombstone of Tom Riddle with a binding spell (GF32).
- Charity Burbage was confined with invisible bindings at Malfoy Manor (DH1).
- A Death Eater bound Ron with magical ropes in the café (DH9).
"confringo" L. to smash, crush; to ruin, undo
Causes the target to explode.
- In the All-England Wizarding Duelling Competition of 1420, Alberta Toothill defeated Samson Wiblin, who was the favorite, using a Blasting Curse (fw27).
- Cast by Harry at the sidecar that had fallen off the flying motorbike; it exploded, knocking one Death Eater off his broom and making another fall back (DH4).
- Cast by Hermione in Bathilda Bagshot's house when Nagini was coming for her and Harry; the spell ricocheted around the room, exploding a mirror. She later referred to it as the Blasting Curse (DH17).
"bluebell" - a flower with blue blossoms
Creates a quantity of blue flame which can be directed to a specific place.
- Hermione cast a bluebell flame that could be carried around in a jam jar, sent out a short distance, then retrieved into the jar; she used it to set Snape's robes on fire during the first Quidditch match of her first year (PS11).
- Hermione used this spell against Devil's Snare when working through the challenges surrounding the Philosopher's Stone (PS16).
- Portable, waterproof fires are a speciality of Hermione's (CS11).
See PETRIFICUS TOTALUS.
Boggart banishing spell
See CURSE OF THE BOGIES.
bond of blood
The bond of blood is an extremely powerful ancient magic which is formed when a person sacrifices himself or herself for a family member, out of love. The sacrifice creates a lingering protection in the blood of the person who was saved. It is not activated, however, until the charm is actually cast, and it is not sealed and functioning until another member of the family accepts the saved person as his or her own. As with most ancient magic, the bond of blood is mysterious and very strong and is not completely understood by most wizards.
Dumbledore decided to use the bond of blood to protect Harry against Voldemort. He cast the charm on Harry, and Petunia sealed it when she agreed to take Harry into her home. As a result, Harry is protected as long as he can call the Dursleys' house his home.
Some have wondered why it was Lily's sacrifice which created the charm and not James's, or for that matter, why the ancient magic is not in effect every time someone dies for another person. The true nature of the charm is that it requires intentional spellcasting on someone's part to activate the magic and it also requires the decision of a family member to seal it. Without these two things, the magic does not happen. These two required components are clear in OP37 (emphasis SVA's):
But I knew, too, where Voldemort was weak. And so I made my decision. You would be protected by an ancient magic ... I am speaking, of course, of the fact that your mother died to save you. She gave you a lingering protection...a protection that flows in your veins to this day. I put my trust, therefore, in your mother's blood. I delivered you to her sister, her only remaining relative...
She took you, and in doing so, she sealed the charm I placed upon you. Your mother's sacrifice made the bond of blood the strongest shield I could give you ...
While you can still call home the place where your mother's blood dwells, there you cannot be touched or harmed by Voldemort. He shed her blood, but it lives on in you and her sister. Her blood became your refuge. You need return there only once a year, but as long as you can still call it home, whilst you are there he cannot hurt you.
Charm used on a broomstick to allow it to stop effectively.
See also HORTON-KEITCH BRAKING CHARM.
- When Harry fell off his Nimbus 2000, it didn't fall to the ground but instead drifted away toward the Whomping Willow, suggesting that it may have had some form of enchantment on it to keep it flying without a rider (PA9).
- Harry's Firebolt, when held and then released, floated at exactly the right height for him to mount it (PA11).
- Early broomsticks had only simple spells placed on them. A model on display in the Museum of Quidditch only moves forward at one speed and will move up, down, and stop (QA1).
c.f. QUIDDITCH SPELLS.
Spell which pours non-bursting golden bubbles out of the wand.
- Flitwick used this spell to create decorations for a Christmas tree in the Great Hall (PS12).
- Ron's broken wand was emitting large purple bubbles at one point, but from his dismayed reaction it would seem that this was a malfunction rather than a spell he was casting (CS13).
Encloses the head of the caster with a bubble of breathable air.
- Cedric used this spell to travel underwater and rescue Cho in the second task (GF26).
- Fleur used this spell to travel underwater when attempting to rescue Gabrielle in the second task (GF26).
- This became fashionable during the last month or so of Harry's fifth year, because Dungbombs and Stink Pellets were being used frequently in the corridors (OP30).